[quote="Joan_M, post:7, topic:310722"]
Look, the priest stopped you "halfway through confessing" your sins. It sounds, to me, that you were confessing a myriad of venial sins.
When you go to confession, the first sins to confess are mortal sins. After you have confessed any and all mortal sins of which you are guilty, you could confess venial sins. However, venial sins do not need to be confessed in confession to be forgiven.
If you only have venial sins to confess, first of all, you do not need to mention the number of times you committed them. Secondly, you would usually just confess the ones that you are having the most trouble with - committing them frequently, almost without thinking about it.
Your confession needs to be clear, concrete, concise, and contrite.
Although the OP didn't specify whether these were venial or mortal sins, I'm inclined to agree with you. I had been away from confession for two years and finally summoned up the courage to go on Good Friday. The lines were crazy, crazy long. I spent forever in there, and I had some doozies to confess. Because I was such a nervous wreck, the priest actually helped me by going through the usual "examination of conscience" list with me - "Did you do this?" "How many times?" etc. I had examined my conscience before going but was, frankly, terrified and I was obviously out of practice. But he took the time he needed with me to make sure that I got all my mortal sins confessed.
My face was a mess when I came out of the confessional (red, blotchy, crying puffy eyes and runny nose), but I felt good and clean for the first time in ages. I was mightily embarassed, too, but I thank God for that priest!
I do find it unlikely, that if a penitent was going through a list of mortal sins, and there wasn't an emergency, that the priest would say, "OK, I'm going to stop you there." After all, he should know that any unconfessed mortal sins would just have to be confessed later even if absolved. It's possible that it did happen this way, but I see it much more likely if the penitent is confessing venial sins only, providing too much background info, etc. Thanks to the grace of God, I don't confess mortal sins too often anymore, but I still go to confession around once a month, and I try to keep it short and sweet - mentioning only the habitual things that are bothering me. I still receive a lot of grace from confession, but if I mentioned every tiny little thing I'd be in there forever!